Bicycle Fundraiser Transforming University of Wisconsin Cancer Research

October 1, 2019

Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison announces The Ride, a bicycle benefit for cancer research and patient treatment has raised $407,389 during its 2019 campaign. The 2019 campaign comprised 1,626 riders, 3,013 donors and over 200 volunteers that aimed to raise dollars and awareness in accelerating cancer research. The Ride powers the University of Wisconsin-Madison by providing 100% of all rider-raised dollars to cancer research and patient treatment initiatives.

“In its first four years, The Ride has been a fantastic initiative which is driving innovation for current and future cancer patients here in Wisconsin. We are thrilled to see the annual growth in participants and in the funds raised for our search for new cancer treatments and cures.” 

Robert N. Golden, M.D.

Dean, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The Ride has seen substantial incremental growth in its participant numbers as well as the total fundraising dollars contributed towards the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s cancer mission since its inaugural year in 2016, which produced 806 riders and raised $150,000.

“We created The Ride to energize the community in making a significant impact on cancer research and patient treatment. We’re lucky to have one of the top cancer centers in the nation here in Wisconsin and aim to heighten the ability to find new research discoveries and patient treatment methods for current and future patients. Our riders and community supporters are playing an active role in this process.” 

Dr. Paul Harari

The Ride Co-Founder

Dollars raised via The Ride power the brightest minds, ideas and technologies in an annually reviewed process at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently, UW Carbone Cancer Center physician and 2017 Ride Scholar, Dr. Joshua Lang received a $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to perform further testing on a breakthrough discovery initially made possible by funding from The Ride, most recently chronicled by Spectrum News 1. He begins his advanced research this October.

The Ride has served as a mechanism of cancer innovation and powers the most promising discoveries by allocating 100% of rider-raised dollars towards the cancer mission. This process of community engagement and inspiration while eliminating event overhead cost is paramount to The Ride’s mission.

“We would not be able to provide all our rider-raised dollars to funding our cancer mission without the support of our sponsors. The foundation of The Ride’s campaign centers on its ability to allocate 100% of all critical rider-raised dollars to fund innovative research and patient treatment programs while not distributing our dollars raised to operational costs. The involvement of our sponsors allows us to operate in maximizing dollars to finding cures and improved treatments.”

Dr. Deric Wheeler

The Ride Director and Co-Founder

Visit TheRideWI.org to learn more about the cycling benefit and how it drives critical cancer research and treatment programs at the University of Wisconsin.